What Are The Benefits And Disadvantages Of Caffeine?
There are many conflicting reports about coffee but on the whole, it's likely that coffee has a mild net positive effect on health. The problem with coffee data is that, as in many things that are lifestyle related, there are confounding variables such as diet, obesity or lack thereof, exercise, smoking, alcohol which are all independent risk factors for poor health outcomes such as diabetes and cancer. Epidemiology studies are always fraught with design flaws and need to be taken with a modicum of skepticism. In 1981, there was a study in the NEJM, the leading medical journal linking coffee to pancreatic cancer. A lot of people put away their coffee mugs after that. But many studies subsequently refuted the coffee and pancreatic cancer link, and that 1981 study became an example of study design flaw and selection bias. Coffee and Cancer of the Pancreas — NEJM CTSpedia.EgBiasCancer A meta-analysis of coffee consumption and pancreatic cancer This is from the Mayo Clinic: Recent studies have generally found no connection between coffee and an increased risk of cancer or heart disease. In fact, most studies find an association between coffee consumption and decreased overall mortali Continue reading >>